Spring 2012

Goodness! We are coming through a flurry of classes. We had such an overflowing wait list at the end of the year that we added TWO more classes to get everyone in before the end of the year. We’ve never done that before. Glad we did, too, because we have some wonderful students in here.

If you’ve been wondering about our school, do pick up the phone and give us a call. We are glad to answer all your questions and find out if we’re a good fit for you. Check the dates (sometimes they change) and see if the class still has openings.

One thing that’s really fun about the classes is when Joseph demonstrates how to help the horse release an area, often the horse immediately begins stretching and trying out the new length. Then when the students try it, it works on their horses, too.

Joseph demonstrates
Necks lengthen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve got a great group of practitioners who are just finishing up their homework to complete the program. These practitioners have completed 300 hours of training, worked on dozens of horses, giving many of them a full five session series, have written three well-researched papers on different topics, and have received a Structural Integration series on their own human bodies as well.

We ask our students to get a SI series themselves because we know how much more educated they will become in their own bodies from the series. Also it helps to feel in your own structure how this special kind of reorganization happens. Quite marvelous, really.

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STUDENT WORK

DANIEL MAKUS from Washington is a very interesting person. He’s blind but he hasn’t let that stop him from learning how to work with horses. A horse owner himself, he’s got quite an aptitude for the work. He’s part way through Level Two and just sent us this note.

I have been working with a 5 year old track rescue horse who has been placed in kicking chains by previous owners. The other day the owner said, “I could not believe the difference I felt in Haughty.” I did another session on him and after the owner came up and said, “I like the way you are around horses.  When will you be finished with your studies?  There are other barn owners who are very interested in what you are doing. We are a very tight knit community. When we find someone who can help the horses and is good, we pass them to each other.” Talk about validation for me and the Path I’ve chosen!

We also heard from TIM WESTFALL who lives on a ranch in Mexico. Tim worked on some Kiger Mustangs in Oregon before he went down south. Here’s his report about the results he got.

I worked on a horse named Rocky at Wild Horse Mountain Ranch. When the ranch rescued him, the owner had already taken a backhoe and dug a hole and was going to shoot him. Wildhorse sent him to a trainer and he bucked. Since he was a gelding they called a vet and she checked his testosterone level to see if he wasproud cut.

Rocky, the Kiger mustang who almost was put down when one of our students, Tim Westfall, was asked to work with him.

The tests said no. She determined it was something wrong with his back and the trainer

recommended that he be put down. They didn’t so I started working with him. He has a huge knot. What Joseph told me was exactly what was needed. After the first two sessions I had the knot released. I thought there might be something in the sacro-illiac joint and  back lumbar vertebrae so I asked them to have the chiropractor (Mike) see him. Mike did two chiropractic sessions on him and after that I completed the rest of the sessions. After that his training advanced in leaps and bounds. I soon had a saddle on him. The same vet examined him and declared that she could find nothing wrong with him.

He is going to be ridden as a demonstration horse at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR to promote mustangs. Now if that isn’t a success story that speaks highly of this work I don’t know what is!

Nice work, Tim!

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SEEING MOVEMENT

We are blessed to have some fantastic trainers who bring their horses out for our movement classes. JULIA KUBICEK is well known in our area for her innovative methods in teaching horsemanship. We adore her. She is the most fun-loving trainer we know. She believes that people come to riding because they want to have a pleasurable relationship with their horse and that too much training involves passionless routines that are boring for both horse and rider, but especially for the horse. You’ll find an overabundance of life force in Julia and her horses!

Julia Kubicek